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Debora ALbright

Hudsonville, MI

Entry Photo for Debora ALbright - Hudsonville, MI

“Hero” does not begin to describe this amazing woman! Deb became a single parent with three children 22 years ago after her youngest son Jimmy was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 4. She has been his primary caregiver since that day. She had no idea what challenges she would be facing but has done it with grace and dignity that only a mother can do. Jimmy was placed on a ventilator three years ago and has been cared for at home by his mom. Jimmy himself has been deemed a “hero” by so many with his sweet spirit and ability to achieve even with his disability. Jim holds a degree in computer science and currently has two United States patents for mobility apps that he created. His mom was right by his side helping him to achieve these goals. Both of their worlds were turned upside down last summer when Deb was diagnosed with Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma. She has undergone Chemo and a Bone Marrow transplant and is still fighting to win her battle. During all of this she has tried to manage all of Jim’s care sometimes from her own hospital bed. They are in desperate need of a van that is able to not only accommodate Jim and his power chair but his life support equipment. Deb and Jim try to stay busy helping others when they can and are trying to start a business using Jim’s apps. Although Jim relies on help to do even the most basic tasks he and his mom will still volunteer to help others when they can and having the ability to get Jim around safely is a top priority. Their current van is not only old and unsafe but is not properly equipped to meet Jim’s needs and get him to so many appointments. As a result, he very rarely goes out unless necessary. It would be a blessing to see both of these amazing people have the mobility that they need to not just transport Jim but to give them the opportunity to get out in the community and help others. At a time when most people would just want to give up, Deb and Jim have shown amazing strength and desire to move forward. They have been an inspiration to so many and desperately need the tools to continue their life journey.